Speak up on maternity priorities

Women in Northumberland are being asked to help shape the future of maternity services in the county.

The NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for planning, choosing and buying healthcare services in the area, is seeking views on what is important to women in antenatal and postnatal care.

When a new specialist emergency care hospital opens at Cramlington in June 2015, the maternity services at Wansbeck General will move there, and in addition to medical-led services, there will be a midwifery-led unit.

The CCG will be responsible for commissioning maternity services from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Services and wants to ensure that women receive the best and safest care.

Northumberland CCG Chief Clinical Officer Dr Alistair Blair said: “I would encourage as many women who have had recent experiences of maternity care in the Wansbeck area, or are thinking of having a baby in the next couple of years, to get involved and give their views.

“This way, we can find out what is really important to you about your maternity care and commission an even more responsive service from Northumbria Healthcare.”

He added: “We are also working closely with Northumbria Healthcare to ensure the views of midwives and other clinical staff are included as part of this engagement.”

To take part in the survey visit www.northumberlandccg.nhs.uk/give-your-views-to-shape-maternity-services-in-the-wansbeck-area

Alternatively, paper copies are available by calling 0191 217 2670.